Defender Tdi

Rear Crossmember


Shouldn't be rusty yet, but check for damage caused by heavy towing.




Bushes wear with age, reducing ride quality and steering accuracy




Lots of strain on the joints, which need regular greasing, - Look for joint play and the sliding splines


Wheels and tyres


Can be abused. -  Look for scratched alloys, damaged tyres




Check for corrosion between steel and alloy panels - lower door panels are favourites. Also bulkhead below windscreen and around lower hinges, and examine the chassis


Springs and suspension units


Sagging is a clue to a vehicle that's been used as a load lugger. Also bottoming out on speed humps




Can have a very long life, but only if the oil has been changed regularly. If it's black assume the worst. Also timing belt needs regular changing - ask seller when it was last done.




Should be good, but there are a lot of ball joints in the system, which can wear. The joint on the steering box drop arm is a common failure point.


Front swivels


Checks for signs of pitting.




Driver's seat cushion is liable to collapse, and it wears where driver slides in and out.